FILM – Movie ‘Refuge’ to be shot around Cherry Creek, casting call issued

Digital animation and visual effects creator and motion picture Director Sina Sultani is seeking Indo-Canadian, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, North African and Persian descent persons for his independent film “Refuge, which will shoot in an area around Cherry Creek for three days Oct. 19 – Oct. 21.

The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission revealed the film plans today (Sept. 25, 2017).

Producer Natalee Rawat and Sultani are Vancouver-based and both work in the visual effects industry. The project is an independent non-union production and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Refuge is the story about a devastating alien invasion that sends a young husband and his pregnant wife on a dark and harrowing flight to freedom.

Some roles may be needed all three days and others may not be. Days will be eight hours long. Talent will be paid a flat fee of $90 per day and will be fed on set, and credited on screen. The parent accompanying the child will also be paid and credited. The parent or guardian must remain with the minor at all times. All persons applying must be eligible to work in Canada and have own transportation.

Casting Session

Date:               Saturday, September 30

Time:              11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:            The Plaza Hotel Blackwell Room, 405 Victoria St, Kamloops

Call Backs:

You will be contacted and a time will be scheduled for you. The date is subject to change.

Date:              Saturday, Oct. 7

Time:               11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:            The Plaza Hotel Blackwell Room, 405 Victoria St, Kamloops

Character Descriptions

Seeking persons of Indo-Canadian, Indigenous, North African, Middle Eastern and Persian descent.

·       Female 25-30 years old

Roya is a single mother who makes a weekly journey to trade food and other supplies with the nearest town. She returns to the village just as the alien invasion begins.

·       Young Family: Father, Mother and 2 children younger than 10 years old

The Family is poor, hard-working and respected in the community. Father is loving and very protective. After the invasion, he desperately tries to lead his family to safety, begging anyone with a vehicle to take them out of town.

·       Husband & Wife 30-40 years old

They have a vehicle and are desperately trying to escape the village as the aliens descend. They are stopped by the Young Family and an argument ensues before they let them into the vehicle.

·       Male and Females Villager 20–50 years old

Running from their village following an alien invasion.

·       Families 5 – 40 years old

If you cannot make the audition, please send a picture of your face and a picture of your full body plus your contact information such as your phone numbers to Photos will also be forwarded to the Casting Director.


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